Today's News

  • Summitt named Food City 250 grand marshal

    Food City will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its sponsorship of the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway Aug. 24 with a very special guest serving as grand marshal.

  • Goins back to help Blue Devils

    In 2006, Harriman’s Julian Goins had a season to remember as the Blue Devils QB passed for 1,140 yards and 12 TDs while rushing for 648 yards and 10 TDs in leading Harriman to the TSSAA Class A quarterfinals.

  • Early voting, courthouse bad mix

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson is not a fan of having early voting at the Roane County Courthouse, where a number of elected officials have offices.
    “The current early voting situation provides what is perceived as an unfair advantage to these office holders,” Johnson said in a letter addressed to Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway.
    David Morgan, a candidate in this year’s race for property assessor, contended that incumbent Teresa Kirkham was campaigning from her office inside the courthouse during early voting.

  • Hines remains as Rockwood bldg. inspector

    Rockwood building inspector Jim Hines is safe from elimination — for now.
    Rockwood City Council voted to keep Hines, who was on the agenda to be eliminated at Vice Mayor Peggy Evans’ request.
    Mayor James Watts broke a tie vote on the issue, siding with Councilman Jason Jolly, Councilman Pete Wright and Councilwoman Jane Long.
    Cleanup was an issue brought up at the meeting, and Evans used that time to say she didn’t think Hines did enough to work with codes enforcement and dealing with overgrown lots and dilapidated buildings.

  • RSCC library to close temporarily

    The library at Roane State Community College’s main campus will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 7, through Friday, Aug. 10, while a new heating and air conditioning system is installed.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Living the athlete’s dream ... as seen on TV

    Like many of you, I’ve caught bits and pieces of the Olympics after work and in my down time.
    Watching the tail end of the USA women’s volleyball team’s match against China Wednesday brought back some strong memories of my long-gone days in sports.
    I have always been athletic. I played varsity tennis, basketball and volleyball in high school, earning me a “most athletic” title in the senior superlatives, and an unwanted “Superjock” nickname from otherwise well-intentioned friends.

  • Y-12 security breach shakes up feds

    A security stand down at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge could last into next week, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    “All nuclear operations have been halted as we go through this security stand down,” NNSA spokesman Steven Wyatt said. “We expect this to be lifted next week.”

    A security breach occurred at the complex on Saturday, July 28, when three people were able to make their way into a protected area.

  • Aug. 14 fee deadline for Roane State

    Students who have already registered for fall classes at Roane State Community College need to pay their fees by Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 4:30 p.m. to avoid deletion of their class schedules.

    Students can pay fees at www.roanestate.edu.

    Click on RaiderNet, then log in to your account. Click on the Account Summary and Pay link in the Student Self-Service Box.

    Payment is also accepted by personal check, money order, or by American Express, Discover, VISA or MasterCard credit or debit card at any Roane State campus.

  • Rockwood welcomes Little Caesars

    Rockwood mayor James Watts cut the ribbon Wednesday for the newest Little Caesars pizzeria at the corner of South Gateway Avenue and East Rockwood Street.

    On hand to welcome the new eatery were members of the Rockwood Industrial Development Board, as well as a few hungry customers.

    The new restaurant is the fifth Little Caesars location and second in Roane County for EFRC Enterprises, a family operation consisting of Erwin and Fumiyo Epple, Robert Lockhart and Chanda Pressley plus spouses and three grandchildren.

  • GUEST OPINION: Cities should keep hands off Chick-fil-A

    First Amendment Center
    You and I are free to agree or disagree openly with the president of the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain over his public statements against gay marriage. The First Amendment protects his and our right to express our views.

    But when government officials take sides, they walk a much finer line between protected expression of personal views and the implication — if not open threat — of government punishment for free speech.